Take the gondola up to 3300 mts for the beginning of the race where the top few hundred meters of descent are covered in snow! It’s like riding nothing else you’ve experienced before. It rewards the riders who are lucky enough to keep it upright as well as those brave enough to stay off the brakes and commit! The top section is fast, hectic and tough on the lungs due to the elevation!
The official megavalanche holiday provider
Made for riders,by riders!
Ideal for groups & solo racers.
Take on the Megavalanche from £449
Essential and luxury packages available.
2024 Megavalanche 1st – 8th July
Bed and Breakfast
Guaranteed race entry (Race entry not included)
Secure bike storage and wash stations
BBQ & Beer night on the house!
Outdoor movie night.
Convenient chalet locations Situated In Alpe D Huez village.
Knowledgeable resort hosts to help assist your holiday.
Optional add ons..
UK bike pick up and airport transfers.
Day trip to Les 2 Alpes Bike Park.
Make your Megavalanche easy. Enjoy the good stuff hassle free.
We have two Chalets situated in Alpe D Huez which are both set up to help make you’re Megavalanche easy and meet other like minded riders.
Our 2 star chalet Belle Etoile sleeps up to 26 riders which is located in the heart of Alpe d’Huez village. situated only 100 meters from the centre and a short roll downhill to the Alpe Express lift station. Make use of our outdoor decking area to either fix your bike or chill out in the hot tub!
Our Premium 14 bed chalet Namika bosts a ride in ride out location along with wellness areas and cinema room. Namika is our 4 star chalet based in the Les Bergers area of Alpe D’ Huez. It’s a mountain side chalet with lovely views from every direction which is almost a stones throw from a nearby Blue flow trail!
Both our chalets lend them selves perfectly for groups or solo riders alike and come with;
- Secure Bike Storage.
- Bike Repair & Wash Station.
- EnSuite Bedrooms shared with 1 other. (Single room occupancy is available at further request.)
- Wellness areas.
- Outside Decking areas with mountain views.
- Nearby or onsite parking.
prepare for your Megavalanche Experience
The Megavalanche FAQ
Since 1995, each year, thousands of riders Drop in from the famous “Pic Blanc”! Its Mass Start at 3330 meters high on the glacier, and its finish line in Allemont 2600 meters down, makes this ENDURO MASS-START race the longest and craziest race in the world!
How much does it cost to race the Megavalanche?
The event entry cost varies year to year. Typically an 8 day lift pass with race entry will set you back around 150 Euros.
You also have the option to add insurance to your race entry for around 9 euros per day.
*Your event entry is NOT included as part of the holiday package*
Flying to Alpe d’Huez ?
The nearest airport is Grenoble, however flights can be limited during the summer. The biggest nearest airports are Geneva and Lyon. It’s possible to rent a car or book a transfer to Alp D’ Huez.
With our 8 day Mega experience package we offer an option to add on Lyon return Transfers for £50 each way. Please get in contact to confirm.
How long is the Megavalanche?
The total distance of Megavalanche is 22 kilometres, the best riders finish the race in about 40 minutes whereas mere mortals are around the 50min-1hr 15 mark. The whole descent is 2,610 m from Pic Blanc, which stands at a massive 3,330 metres!
Can anyone race the Megavanche?
The technical answer is ‘Yes’ but the real answer is ‘No’. Any rider can enter the event including children. However you will be descending 2600mts with multiple terrain changes throughout the race. A good level of bike fitness will be needed as well as a competent level of bike skills to make this race enjoyable.
It is possible to enjoy the race at your own pace and navigate the descent slowly whilst taking in the trail, Not everyone in this race is a pro rider.
What happens to me if I don’t “qualify”?
Everybody qualifies for the race after the seeding runs, you will all race from the glacier, whether saturday OR sunday, in the level group in which you qualified for on friday.
MEGAVALANCHE group (sunday) : the 350 bests riders (from 1st to 35th of each qualification wave)
CHALLENGERS group (saturday) : from 36th to 70th of each qualification wave
AMATEURS group (sunday) : from 71st to 94th of each qualification wave
AFFINITY group (saturday, individual start) : from the 95th to 130th of each qualification wave
Ladies and e-bikes have their specific start saturday morning.
Which race will I be in?
The Megavalanche has options for all ages and skill levels. They offer separate races for e-bikers, women and kids, along with 3 different starts for amateurs, challengers and The main Megavalanche race. Everyone races on the same track (kid’s start lower down), so as long as you can get through the technical sections, you can find the right group for you! Your group will be determined from your qualifying race result.
Explore the three stages of the Megavalanche
Gulp... What should I expect?
We’ve written a handy guide on what to expect. Take a look at our First Timers Guide To The Megavalanche.
A non refundable £200 deposit will confirm your space on the trip with remaining due 6 weeks before arrival.
Securing Your Place
If you have any questions or would like to secure your place then get in contact here.
A copy of full terms and conditions will then be sent along with your deposit request.
Self drives are welcomed. If you decide to drive to resort there is nearby street parking and car parks available for your vehicle . The drive will take roughly 9 hours from Calais and will cost an estimated 90 euros in tolls.
If you would like airport transfers please let us know and we can make arrangements for you from Lyon airport.
Transfers are not included in the cost of the holiday and are an additional £50 each way, per person.
We will only be running one transfer per trip, Spaces are limited. (Please note this is only possible with the 8 Night mega experience).
The pick up and return drop off is from Lyon Airport at 12pm in the afternoon. Please book your flights to suit accordingly.
Airport transfer times from Lyon to Alp D’ Huez generally take between 2 – 2.5 hours.
Your Megavalanche event entry is not included in the price quoted above. The event entry depends on how long you plan to ride the bike park. The megavalanche 2023 race entry and 8 day lift pass costs 143 euros.
BBQ & Beer Keg Night
For the guests staying with us for the 8 day experience, they will have access to a beer keg and bbq night on the house! But once it’s gone it’s gone.
More details available upon arrival.
Single Room Supplement
The price of your holiday is based upon 2 riders sharing per room. However if you’d like a room to yourself we offer a single room supplement which is an additional 30% of the price of the package.
Upon arrival you will be given a wrist band which entitles you to bar and food discounts from our friends at Smithy’s. Smithy’s is a biker friendly bar situated a few minutes walk from the chalet. If you’re after a big burger and a few drinks then they will not disappoint! Don’t take my word for it, ask Killian Bron or Tracy Hannah!
Insure Your Adventure
We recommend you take out insurance to cover you incase of an emergency.
Whilst going through the event entry process you are given an option to insure yourself which costs 9 euros per day.
Alternitavly, Snowcard are very easy to use and are one of the UK’s longest established providers of activity travel insurance and adventure travel insurance. They cover a wide range of mountain sports.
It’s also worth applying for a free GHIC card which can give you access to medically necessary state-provided healthcare when you’re visiting an EU country or Switzerland. Apply for yours here.
We highly recommend you purchasing your own holiday insurance which has full cancellation cover.
If a booking is cancelled less than 28 days before arrival then a charge equal to 50.00% of the stay will be made.
If a booking is cancelled less than 14 days before arrival then a charge equal to the full booking amount will be made.
If the booking is cancelled 28 or more days before arrival then a charge equal to 0.00% of the stay will be made.
In the event of a no show or booking reduction (after arrival date) the full cost of the booking is charged.